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If a form asks me for my parent's social security number, but they don't have one, what should I do?

I'm required to file form 8615 because I received taxable scholarships for college but it asks me for my parents' social security number, which they don't have. Since I can't move on without completing this step, what should I do? I also worked during 2018 while attending college and started a full time job in October 2018 after I stopped going to college so would I qualify as independent instead?

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If a form asks me for my parent's social security number, but they don't have one, what should I do?

Our best advice is to leave the space blank if it will let you or enter dummy social security numbers for your parents. You could enter 999-88-9999 and 999-87-9999 as "dummy" social security numbers so you can finish your return.  Then you must print the return and "white out" the dummy social security numbers and write in that space "NRA".  Then you will need to mail your return. You cannot e-file.

For instruction about how to print and mail your return, use the following link. https://ttlc.intuit.com/replies/3401713 

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Level 1

If a form asks me for my parent's social security number, but they don't have one, what should I do?

Our best advice is to leave the space blank if it will let you or enter dummy social security numbers for your parents. You could enter 999-88-9999 and 999-87-9999 as "dummy" social security numbers so you can finish your return.  Then you must print the return and "white out" the dummy social security numbers and write in that space "NRA".  Then you will need to mail your return. You cannot e-file.

For instruction about how to print and mail your return, use the following link. https://ttlc.intuit.com/replies/3401713 

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If a form asks me for my parent's social security number, but they don't have one, what should I do?

As to your 2nd question; "would I qualify as independent instead?"

Simple answer: Yes, most likely.

For full rules, see https://turbotax.intuit.com/tax-tools/tax-tips/Family/Rules-for-Claiming-a-Dependent-on-Your-Tax-Ret...

How can you be your parent's dependent, if your parent doesn't even have a SS #? If your parent isn't filing a return, you can't be his dependent.